TOTTENHAM star Toby Alderweireld insists he did not push to leave the club over the summer.
Alderweireld was linked with a Spurs exit throughout the last transfer window with widespread reports saying he wanted a major bump in wages.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were known to be tracking the Belgium centre-back and had prepared a hefty package deal for him.
Alderweireld was also linked with several other European big guns but ending up staying up in north London.
The 29-year-old has now broken his silence over the saga, insisting he’s happy to be at Tottenham still.
“Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham. That’s not true”
Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld
Speaking ahead of Belgium’s UEFA Nations League tie in Iceland tonight, Alderweireld said: “Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham. That’s not true.
“This summer, I quickly understood Tottenham wanted to keep me, so I had to battle to get my place back in the team.
“To be in the first-team again is a victory for me.”
Despite Alderweireld’s comments, United look set to go back in for him in the winter transfer window.
And former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas believes Mourinho and co are ‘almost certain’ to sign the Spurs star in January if he does not sell him to a European club this month.
Alderweireld is out of contract next summer and is yet to extend his Tottenham contract.
That means he’ll become available for £25m when a release clause can be triggered.
“Spurs 100 per cent still need Toby,” Jenas told The Express. “Davinson Sanchez is a good player but he’s not the finished article and he’s not better than Toby.
“Toby and Jan [Vertonghen] together is quite possibly the best or the second-best centre-half pairing in the world. Why you wouldn’t want that, I don’t know.
“I think his age and the fact that he’s started to pick up a few injuries doesn’t help Toby.
“From United’s point of view they were saying ‘why should we pay £60m when we can get him for £25m in January?’
“I’m almost certain he’ll go to United [in January].”
Tottenham will need Alderweireld on top form this weekend when they face a huge clash against title rivals Liverpool at Wembley.